Photo Credit: Paul Duddy
In a tight PCLL D1-D2 matchup, No. 16 UConn topped No. 5 Coast Guard in the battle of Connecticut powerhouses.
The Coast Guard Academy’s Cadet Memorial Stadium was hit hard by winter weather, keeping the field under a thick blanket of snow, moving the game to the Silflen Track & Field/Artificial Turf facility up the road at Connecticut College. The hard earned W gives the Huskies a 1-0 start for the year, while the Bears fall to 0-1, which I don’t see them staying under .500 for long!
The Huskies set the tempo and led all game long. Coast Guard’s only goal in the first quarter was scored by a dodge from the top of the box, finishing completely on a fantastic individual effort.
Coming off a fantastic start, and a swarm of scoring, UConn rode a 5-1 lead to end the opening quarter.
In the second, the Bears came out firing on all cylinders, cutting the lead to 5-4 on a man-up opportunity, then back-to-back goals by the attack. That was the closest the game got before halftime, the Huskies capitalized on an unassisted goal and again on a man-up situation, extending the lead to 7-4.
After making some big adjustments at halftime, the Bears came out in the third and made the best of a man-up opportunity by scoring a goal right away, then again they found twine to pull Coast Guard within one, 7-6. The Huskies quickly felt the Bears creeping up on their heels. In response, UConn earned a man-up advantage and scored with less than a minute to go to end the third quarter, 8-6.
Again, the Bears kicked off the fourth quarter with a goal scored right on the crease from a solid ally dodge and feed to get it going. The following face-off was taken all the way to the house as the FOGO busted his way through the UConn defense to score up close, tying the knot, 8-8. It didn’t take long for UConn to answer right back with a goal of their own, making it 9-8.
Both squads made the most of man up opportunities, Coast Guard tied it at 9-9, to be followed by UConn taking punching one in for a 10-9 lead with under 3 minutes left.
The game was ended on a ton of shots from Coast Guard, but they were unable to sneak one in to tie it up, resulting in a big victory for UConn to start the 2014 season.
Although Coast Guard was able to tie it up at eight and nine goals, the Bears were unable to climb out of the early hole they dug.
FINAL: 10-9 UConn
The Coast Guard Academy is back in action against the University of Rhode Island on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at home, and the Huskies will be awaiting URI as well, facing them Sunday at Brown University in Providence.